Mild Spoilers Ahead
In the land of Cain Anuun, there is a legend of six heroes, the Godslayers, who climbed the Black Stair beyond the edge of reality itself to fight the dread god Mol Uhltep. These six heroes, led by Tyr and Cyanthe, slew the dark god and stopped its Plague of Flowers that had killed countless throughout the world of men. Now, Tyr and Cyanthe rule Tyrgolad, throne of Cain Anuun and the Empire of Man. Now, Tyrgolad holds a ceremony in which slave gladiators recreate the slaying of Mol Uhltep on the anniversary of the victory. This year, the part of Tyr was played by a slave named Eyvindr who chooses to spare his foes in the arena. This displeases and frightens Tyr, who slips away.. As part of the tradition, Eyvindr is meant to be freed, but Cyanthe denies Eyvindr his freedom and sends him back to the slave barracks.
The Last God #1 kicks off the new fantasy epic from Phillip Kennedy Johnson, Riccardo Federici, Sunny Gho, Dean White, and Tom Napolitano. It tells of a kingdom and empire built upon lies and false legends of saving humanity from a dread god and its vile plague.
The story focuses on the Tyr and Cyanthe, the king and queen who most benefited from this lie, and Eyvindr, the slave warrior who completely buys into the myth.
Little exploration into the characters takes place in this issue. The Last God #1 chiefly focuses upon worldbuilding. It presents us with the legend of the Godslayers and shows us how they inherited Cain Anuun in the aftermath. The last few pages of the book are dedicated to textual lore and a map of Cain Anuun like the classic fantasy stories.
That legend and its consequences do make for interesting reading, and you can glean some about the Tyr and Cyanthe as well as their relationship with the other Godslayers.
Federici’s art is as incredible as ever. His ability to craft detail, expression, and texture is almost without parallel. The Last God #1 is a downright beautiful comic thanks to his work as well as the expert coloring of Gho and White.
The Last God #1 is a captivating first step into The Fellspyre Chronicles. We learn of Cain Anuun, its rulers, its culture, and the dark beast it’s seeking to keep at bay. This is a marvelous first issue of a fantasy comic, and I can’t wait for the next chapter. This one easily gets a recommendation. Give it a read.
The Last God #1 comes to us from writer Phillip Kennedy Johnson, artist and variant cover artist Riccardo Federici, color artists Sunny Gho and Dean White, letterer Tom Napolitano, and cover artist Kai Carpenter.
Final Score: 9/10